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Kobus Spangenberg - Library

Company name: Student at University of the Free State: Kobus Spangenberg

Project name: Library in rural development, designing beyond the threshold

Project size: 15 000m²

Project date: October 2015 - November 2015

Project location: Batho near Bloemfontein - Free State

Project type: Uplifting the community

ArchiCAD Project type: Solo

ArchiCAD version started:  19

ArchiCAD version ended:  19

General Description:

This project allow students to work in an existing system and to introduce a new program that will challenge the status quo. An existing site acts as a barrier whereas it could act as a mediator to engage more directly with civic life.

The aim is to design an institution that provides social upliftment through an integrated program of public and private spaces whilst strengthening the existing systems on the site.

The social institution must be a public intervention and investigate the sites topology, morphology, typology, hapticity, materiality, spatial composition, cultural spirit or all of the above together.

I chose to design a library that adheres to a quote of Nelson Mandela about education being your strongest weapon and no one can take it away.

How many people worked on the project?

One, just me

Architectural work phases:

  • Design and develop concept by hand
  • Convert this into CAD drawings with ArchiCAD 19
  • Model a final 3D representation of the project with allocated materials in such a way that sections correspond with plans to explain and prove that the structure works.
  • Create the final presentation using hand drawings, physical models and renders with ArchiCAD's CineRender to sell the project to my lecturers.

What other software was involved in developing this project in your office?

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Why was the decision made to switch or further develop the project to ArchiCAD?

To firstly indicate with a 3D model of the project as well as sections/plans that the structure works. Secondly to simplify and speed the documentation process.

What consultants were involved in the project and what software platform did they use?


What teams were involved in the project?


What ArchiCAD tools were used to design your project?

Morph to conceptualize, Curtain Walls, Mesh for site and a Sun study.

What would you change or do better next time?

Spend more time on documentation.

Project notes or comments:

We have a tight schedule at the University of the Free State. Our department teaches us to perform under immense pressure of almost impossible deadlines. Hence our design projects are rushed to allow time for other subjects like Building Contracts, History, Theory, Construction and Construction Science, all with their individual projects running simultaneously. My personal note on all my projects would be a plea for more time to perfect small details.

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